“Somewhere between 400 and 1,200 kids audition for each musical theatre BFA program, and she was accepted as one of ten boys and ten girls. The experience here at The Academy really helped her with that kind of competition.”
— Mindy, Academy Musical Theatre Parent

In the Musical Theatre Department, students master storytelling in three different disciplines: voice, dance, and acting.

While many graduates of The Academy attend highly regarded BFA conservatory programs in musical theatre or acting, others choose to pursue their training in academic BA programs at liberal arts colleges. 

A broad sampling of our recent graduates’ college placements include, but are not limited to, Northwestern, NYU, CAP 21, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Minnesota/Guthrie, Emerson, Millikin, Muhlenberg, Point Park, TCU, Boston Conservatory, Bereklee School of Music, and Ithaca.

Our students are taught by Chicago professionals, working out in the city on their own art as they impart wisdom to our students based both on their own professional training and experience. In addition to our permanent faculty, our rotating roster of guest-artists means that the music director or choreographer of our fall show is working with our students in between gigs at any of Chicago’s most reputable and innovative professional theaters.

For Musical Theatre students, performance is a key part of learning, and students have ample opportunity for it. The Department produces four to five mainstage shows per year, including two musical productions, and several plays as part of the Shakespeare Festival collaboration with the Theatre Department. Outside of performances, freshman and sophomore students focus their studies on the work of Shakespeare and Thornton Wilder, while juniors concentrate on Oscar Wilde and Tennessee Williams. Seniors begin to study the work of Anton Chekhov.

Our recent musical theatre productions have included A Little Night Music, Nine, City of Angels, Spring Awakening, Into the Woods, Fiorello, Urinetown, The Pirates of Penzance, The Robber Bridegroom, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Anything Goes, and Merrily We Roll Along. Our recent Shakespeare Festival titles have included The Merchant of Venice, Cymbeline, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth.


We also produce works to be performed out in the community. Last year our seniors produced a Theatre for Young Audiences musical that we toured around, and this year we’re producing a shortened version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to take to elementary schools and a cabaret show to take to senior centers. 


*Course titles reflect transcripts for the 2017-2018 freshman class.